History is one of the best education someone can have on helping them strategize and learn about the future. Some people will say that history itself is our best teacher. But what happens when people have differing opinions on history? Who is right and who is wrong? The saying “history is defined by the winners” in a lot of ways explains how past events are deciphered and told. Historical omissions can appear as some people deny certain facts and evidence. And at times, they may have points. There are as people say, “two sides to every story.” However, some facts are difficult to overlook and when it comes to World War II and the actions that took place, it is mind-boggling that some people have a hard time coming to terms with the events that took place; namely, the Holocaust.
The Holocaust is a word in Greek which means “sacrifice by fire.” In relation to World War II itself, the Holocaust was a systematic and state-sponsored persecution and the murder of over six million people by the Nazi regime in Germany; most of which were people of Jewish decent. The explanation of why this all occurred is equally a head-scratcher. The company line in Germany basically stated that the Jews were inferior to the more racially superior Germans and therefore were somehow a threat that needed to be exterminated.
The atrocities occurred in concentration camps where mass murders took place. There were thousands upon thousands of witnesses, mass graves where varying stages of decaying bodies were found, video footage of German “experiments” and horrifying accounts. Yet, there are people who are of great prominence who deny the Holocaust ever happened. Their beliefs are terribly misguided and cling to strangely worded false assumptions.
These are 10 Prominent People Who Deny The Holocaust Ever Happened.
10 Mohammed Mahdi Akef - The Myth Of The Holocaust
It’s not easy to be a politician in the Middle East. Many of them have to show a strong hand and most Arab leaders actively denounce Israel and the Jewish religion as a whole. Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Leader, Mohammed Mahdi Akef, describes the atrocities of World War II as “the myth of the Holocaust.” His goal was to defend comments made by the leader of Iran at the time, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Akef joins a prominent group of Arab politicians who defiantly do not believe in the historical accuracy of the Holocaust and he claims it is a fabrication made up by “westerners” (that’s code for blaming the United States). Akef continued, “Western democracies have slammed all those who don’t see eye to eye with the Zionists regarding the myth of the Holocaust.” Maybe Akef can draw a funny cartoon portraying what ‘actually’ happened in World War II.
9 Bobby Fischer - Anti-Semitic Chess Legend
Chess great Bobby Fischer is known for a lot of things. The controversial figure was a chess genius and amazingly brought home the title to the United States during a very difficult time in politics. Fischer started off as the youngest grandmaster and the youngest candidate for the World Championship at the incredible age of 15. By 20, he won the US Championship with the only perfect score ever recorded in the tournament’s history. In 1972, Fischer defeated Boris Spassky of the former USSR to captured the World Chess Championship. The match was publicized as a Cold War confrontation, injecting politics into a game Fischer had no interest in merging with political undertones.
All through his life, however, Fischer had developed a hatred for Jews that began in the early 1960s. He idolized Adolf Hitler and read anything about Hitler he could get his hands on. He started openly denying the Holocaust happened in the 1980s and called the United States “a farce controlled by dirty, hook-nosed, circumcised Jew bastards.” The chess legend was an anti-Semite until the day he died.
8 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The former Iranian President has become the poster-child for Holocaust denial in many ways. The sixth President of Iran is a political force in his country. He also speaks out with a heavy hand concerning the Holocaust and has widely been quoted by other leaders in the Middle East who cling to Ahmadinejad’s views. Ahmadinejad stated: “They have fabricated a legend under the name of the Massacre of the Jews and they hold it higher than God himself, religion itself and the prophets themselves.” Ahmadinejad continued on with, “if somebody in their country questions God, nobody says anything, but if somebody denies the myth of the massacre of Jews, the Zionist loudspeakers and their governments in the pay of Zionism will start to scream.”
Iran then sponsored the “International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust.” I’m going to help them all out and just forward them the German-own filmed video footage and photographs of Jews (and others) being put to death. What exactly would Ahmadinejad call that?
7 Khaled Mashaal - Whatever Iran Believes, I Believe
The Islamic organization Hamas is the military wing of Palestine and branches out across the Middle East. Palestine and Israel don’t exactly get along. There is constant fighting over territory and things can get pretty terrifying and bloody. So it comes as little surprise that Hamas’s political leader, Khaled Mashaal, describes comments made by Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as “courageous.” In Ahmadinejad’s denial over the Holocaust, Mashaal chimed in with “Muslim people will defend Iran because it voices what they have in their hearts, in particular, the Muslim People.”
Mashaal seems like the kind of follower you see at a crazy frat party. You wonder if Ahmadinejad was wasted and had sparklers firing out of his rear, if Mashaal would follow and drop his pants too. Maybe a better comparison would be Mashaal is to Ahmadinejad as Mussolini was to Hitler (since we’re talking World War II and all.) Although I still like my firecracker reference more despite it being politically irrelevant.
6 Roeland Raes - Gas Chambers Were Barely Used
We finally break free of the Arab world for a moment to bring in Roeland Raes of Belgium. In 2001, the ideologue and vice president of the political party Vlaams Belang (formerly Vlaams Blok, Flemish Bloc…for those keeping score at home) gave a rousing interview on Dutch television in which he started to question the number of Jews actually murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. When you question how many murders took place, you still are sort of admitting they happened though…right?
Then Raes continued his political suicide by questioning how much the Nazis actually used the gas chambers. Then, he questioned Ann Frank’s diary. Raes, lacking all kinds of common sense, stumbled right into his political grave as everyone in Belgium pretty much distanced themselves from him. He was forced to resign his position and three years later he was convicted of racism. The political party he was associated with was so embarrassed they changed their name. Wow, if that happened in the United States, political parties would change constantly with the various scandals that go on!
5 Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - I Don't Recall It Happening
Back to the Middle East! Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, made extraordinary statements in an official address in 2013. He questioned the legitimacy of the Holocaust, remarking that “the Holocaust is an event whose reality is uncertain and if it has happened, it’s uncertain how it has happened.”
First, he is saying it “may” have not happened, but if it did happen, who really knows what went down. That’s like having one of your children go to the bathroom and miss the toilet. You walk into the bathroom and ask your child if they in fact did miss the toilet. And their response is, “I don’t know. It may have happened, but I’m not really certain I missed the toilet.” The gist is Khamenei will never be a highly respected historian. The “I don’t recall” method of denial never really floats when discussing history and facts.
4 Arthur Butz - The Hoax Of The 20th Century
Holocaust deniers are not restricted just to Arab leaders in the Middle East. Arthur Butz is an associate professor of electrical engineering at Northwestern University and author of The Hoax of the Twentieth Century. The book is focused on questioning the validity of the Holocaust. Butz achieved tenure at the school in 1974. So when he expresses hateful views, he pretty much is protected. In fact, the departments who work with Butz have signed a censure describing his Holocaust denial as “an affront to our humanity and our standards as scholars.”
The letter also asked Butz to leave their department and the University. Northwestern University President Henry S. Beinen also issued a statement explaining how Butz was a tenured teacher at the school and went to great lengths to express that his (Butz’s) opinions were an “insult to all decent and feeling people.”
3 David Irving - Misrepresented The Facts
English author David Irving has written numerous books on the history of World War II, and especially Nazi Germany. His early books were helmed as probative pieces of literature. His in-depth research led to the unearthing of new historical documents from the war. However, when it became apparent that Irving was a Holocaust denier, the crap hit the fan. He was discredited as a historian. Other historians, namely, Deborah Lipstadt of Penguin Books, reviewed Irving’s work and proved he misrepresented historical evidence in order to promote Holocaust denial.
The English court got involved and labeled Irving an active Holocaust denier, anti-Semite and a racist. The court went on to say Irving did this, “for his own ideological reasons and persistently and deliberately misrepresented and manipulated historical evidence.”
2 Bradley R. Smith - Tried To Brainwash Students
Bradley R. Smith founded the Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust (CODOH). Smith was a former media director of the Institute of Historical Review. The CODOH has repeatedly placed advertisements attempting to question where the Holocaust happened. Smith and the CODOH have targeted college campus newspapers which have, at times, rejected the advertisements. Smith was even able to get an ad in the Harvard Crimson in 2009. Shortly after, the editor had to issue an apology over the publication. Smith explained his new tactics were to go to colleges with his Holocaust denial. “I don’t want to spend time with adults anymore, I want to go to students. They are superficial. They are empty vessels waiting to be filled,” he said.
So college kids, Bradley Smith thinks you are complete idiots waiting to be brainwashed. Do what you will with him. He doesn’t want us and we don’t want him.
1 David Duke - Elected Politician Who Hates Jews
How does an anti-Semite make his way into American politics and get elected? Well, you just have to head deep into the South and you can pretty much do anything. David Duke was a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. He also was able to win an election in Louisiana as a Republican State Representative. Duke describes himself as a “racial realist.” He believes people have a right to preserve their own heritage. Duke also believes there is a Jewish control of the Federal Reserve Bank, the federal government and the media. It’s shocking he never won re-election and lost every other one of his attempted campaigns.
Duke also claims that Jews promote homosexuality. We aren’t certain why, just throwing that fact in there. David Duke is a lot to take, but one little tidbit is that he is a felon. Oh, that’s right. Forgot to mention that this “outstanding citizen” had to plead guilty to fraud by falsely claiming he had no money and was in danger of losing his house in order to solicit donations. He used the donations for his gambling habit. Basically, David Duke is a bad person.